Viola Claire Baldini was born August 9th 2016 at 8:45am. She was 7lbs 6oz and 18.5 inches long. For some this is enough information. For others who are obsessed with birth stories continue to read.
Our story begins on Monday, August 8th, I was super tired and so ready for to meet my little squish. I was at that point in pregnancy where everything is emotional and you are just exhausted. I was over waking 5 times a night to pee and not being able to hold Sophia on my lap and read her stories. In short, I needed this baby to be born. Well, the stars aligned for me, that morning Carlo’s mom, Sharon, called me up and asked if she could take Sophia for the day and I said absolutely. Carlo took half a day off and we decided to go for a walk and not just a leisurely stroll. I decided we would walk Cherokee Park! Oh the hills and the heat, but I really wanted to give my best effort to get labor going. Contractions started around 3 that afternoon. We went home from the park and the contractions were unpredictable. Determined to get labor going I decided to walk around the neighborhood. After it was all said and done we estimated that we had walked about five or six miles in all. Well, I finally decided I was in labor and called Sharon to bring Sophia back to me. I needed to spend some last moments with just her. Her world was getting ready to change (remember the emotional bit, yeah you can imagine).
So, that evening we spent time doing normal routine things and just paying attention to the contractions and giving a little extra attention to Sophia. The contractions were spacing out and I was pretty sure that they were going to fizzle out. I was getting pretty disappointed in all my effort. It isn’t everyday or ever that I walk six miles and hello at nine months pregnant. As the evening went on we put Sophia to bed as usual and then we went to bed. I continued to have contractions, but they were pretty far apart and not very painful. The contractions woke me up a few times that night, but overall I was still able to get some sleep. Around 2am, Sophia woke up and Carlo went to her room to get her back to sleep. During that time he fell asleep in her room. No big deal usually. Well, around 5am I woke up with really strong contractions. I laid in the bed and timed them and they were three to four minutes a part and no joke. I finally acknowledged this was actually going to happen! So, like I mentioned Carlo fell asleep in Sophia’s room and at this point I needed to let him know that we were going to have a baby! Our hallway, which is a pretty short hallway, like 8 steps short, all of a sudden felt very long. I went to Sophia’s room and as quietly as I could got Carlo. He called his mom and she came over to take care of Sophia. That 30 minute wait for her to get here was a very long 30 mins, then, we were off to the hospital.
On the way to the hospital, I called my mom and texted a few other people and also let my sister-in-law, Kristen know it was go time! Kristen was coming from Northern Kentucky to take photos. When we got to the hospital they sent us to triage and got us checked in. Everything was going well, I was 5cm, half way! and we were just waiting on our birthing room. The midwife came in and asked us some questions including if I would like to labor in a pool. I said sure. Why not right? Anything that could help relieve some pain naturally sounded great to me. Once everything was set up we were moved into our room and things started to get much more intense.
Kristen showed up right after we got into the room. Which was great because things started progressing quickly. The midwife and Carlo helped me get into the pool and it immediately helped with pain. I couldn’t believe the relief. Carlo was right outside the pool the entire time holding my hand and rubbing my back. People kept coming in and asking me to sign my life away. It was a little ridiculous. You would think they could have you sign some of these papers before everything goes down. Finally, after all the papers were signed there was a little bit of time that between the contractions I was able to talk to Carlo and Kristen. Then, at some point I stopped talking much and Kristen mentioned that my contractions were about a minute a part. Let me reiterate how much I loved laboring in the pool. I was pretty shocked when Kristen told me how close my contractions were. A few moments later, I asked the student midwife when Joanie, the midwife, would be back. She casually said, oh she should be coming back in a little while to check on you. I then said something like um, I need her to come back now! Haha. So, once Joanie came back she took one look at me and said, “oh, that’s a different face, you’re ready to push”. I was so impressed how intuitive everything was to her. The midwife made me feel in control of everything and made me feel confident in everything that was going on. I then had to get out of the pool. That was a pretty hard thing to do. I’m not even sure how I actually got out of the pool. I’m sure Carlo had something to do with this. I just remember somehow being on the bed and ready to push. Pushing went pretty quickly and beautiful Viola Claire was born at 8:45am. Carlo and I were in awe and Aunt Kristen had a good ugly cry. It was a pretty beautiful moment.
Below are some photos Aunt Kristen took of the birth and visitors at the hospital. A huge thank you to her for capturing these beautiful loving moments for us.
The Most Supportive Husband Ever
Signing My Life Away Between Contractions
The Moment Time Stood Still
Meeting Our Beautiful Baby
Family of Four
Nonna and Viola
Grandpa and Viola
Best Big Sister Ever
PUNK and PANK
Viola Claire Baldini